The Salaries Of Health Executives: What Can Doctors Do?

Kevin R.Campbell | | May 29, 2014

Health care reform is a reality.  The ACA and its associated mandates have forever changed the landscape of medicine in the U.S. today.  The Obama administration touts the goals of reform as providing affordable, cost effective, high quality care for all Americans.  Certainly these are noble and lofty goals: But have we completely missed the mark? 

Today, many remain uninsured and the majority that have signed up for the exchanges are simply those who have lost their health care coverage from other providers.  Health care costs in the U.S. remain above those of all other industrialized countries while physician salaries continue to fall.  Even though the U.S. spends more dollars per capita on health care than any other country on earth, our outcomes, when compared to other nations, remain mediocre at best.

Over the last 30 years, hospital administrators and CEOs have grown by 2500% while physicians have grown by only a modest amount.  In fact, according to the American Academy of Family Practice, there must be a 25% increase in primary care doctors over the next 10 years in order to keep pace with demand...